Jousting tournaments have been held in Maryland since early colonial times but became increasingly popular after the Civil War. Retaining the pageantry and customs of medieval tournaments, modern competitors are called "knights" or "maids", and many dress in colorful costumes. Men, women and children compete equally with skill and horsemanship determining the class.
Horseback rider spearing the ring at jousting event. Photo by R.A.R.E., courtesy of Peggy and Bruce Hoffman, Maryland Jousting Tournament Association.
Today, jousting competitions are held May through October in Maryland. On October 6, 2001, the annual Maryland State Jousting Championship will be held at the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center on Crouse Mill Road in Tuckahoe State Park, Queen Anne, Queen Anne's County.
November 5, 2002
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